Susan Waller


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PhD projects

Nursing and Allied Health Graduate Outcomes Tracking (NAHGOT)
Allied Health Workforce
Interprofessional Simulation in Clinical Education
Co-Design in Health Professions Education
NDIS Readiness


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Personal profile


Dr Susan Waller is currently an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Monash Rural Health and a teaching associate for the Monash Centre for Scholarship in Health Professional Education (MCSHE). Susan also has a casual appointment with the University of Melbourne and supervises and marks theses on the Master of Surgical Education.

Susan was the Senior Lecturer and Rural Nursing and Allied Health Lead at the Monash Rural Health- University Department of Rural Health (MRH-UDRH) (10/2014-2/2020).

Susan has held substantive positions where interprofessional education (IPE) was strengthened and advocated for. See video "90 seconds with Susan Waller" where she talks about her IPE and IPP.

At Monash Rural Health, Susan worked closely with allied health clinical educators (ACHEs) in the health services in the MRH-UDRH footprint to support quality nursing and allied health student placements and offers professional development in clinical supervision for students and peers for allied health professionals. She was Co-Chair of the Gippsland Allied Health Leaders (GAHL), a member of the Gippsland AH Education Group (GAHEG) and Chair of the Gippsland Allied Health Symposium (GAHS) Planning Committee.

Prior to joining Monash University in 2014, Susan was the Senior Physiotherapist at the Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland. Susan supervised 18 FTE physiotherapists across Queensland and was Team leader of the Practice Support Team supporting approximately 60 OTs, SPs, SWs and PTs. Susan completed her Masters of paediatric Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland (UQ) and has completed the Basic and Advanced Neurodevelopmental Therapy courses. Susan worked as an academic coordinator at the UQ Rural Clinical School from 2003-2009.

Susan has worked in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates in rehabilitation for children and adults. She speaks some Arabic and has a healthy respect for the value of culturally responsive healthcare, education and research.

Susan studied the impact of an interprofessional student placement in community rehabilitation teams and was awarded a PhD in Interprofessional Education from the University of Queensland in 2010. She was part of a team who developed an Interprofessional Curriculum in the first Clinical School located in a large private hospital in Brisbane and has conducted training workshops in practicing interprofessionally. Susan has since been invited by Edith Cowan University, the University of Tasmania Professional Placements Unit and the Allied Health Professions Office Queensland Health to work collaboartively on developing their interprofessional education capacity through workshops and presentations. Susan was part of the team that designed the multiprofessional education curriculum at the first clinical school in a private hospital for UQ.

Susan completed the Harvard Macy Medical Education course in 2006 at UQ and the Leadership and Innovation and Assessment courses at Monash University in 2019.

Susan was a Director of the Board of the Australian Rural Health Education Network (ARHEN) in 2019 and a Director of the Board of Management of Headway Gippsland, 2015-2019. She is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (Paediatrics, Disability and Educators Groups), Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH), Australia and New Zealand Health Professional Education (ANZAHPE), Emirates Physiotherapy Society and an exceutive member of the International Physiotherapy History group.

Monash teaching commitment

MAP5003 2015-2019


Community service

Member of the Human Research and Ethics Committee (HREC) Cerebral Palsy League (CPL) Queensland 2011- present

Member of Board of Directors Headway Gippsland 2015-2019

Co-Chair of Gippsland Allied Health Leaders 2016-2019

Member of Gippsland Allied Health Education Group 2016-2019

Chair of Gippsland Allied Health Symposium Planning Committee 2015-2019


Emirates Physiotherapy Society (Emirates Medical Association) 2020-present

National Competency Framework for Undergraduate Medicine (EmirtaesMEDs) Taskforce 2021-

Renewal of Program Accreditation CMHS UAEU MD Program Taskforce-(Student Section Lead) 2022-2024

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Interprofessional Clinical Education, PhD, Contact is Not Enough

Award Date: 18 Dec 2010

Physiotherapy, Bachelor, University of Queensland

Award Date: 2 Mar 1982

Physiotherapy, Graduate Certificate, Paediatrics, University of Queensland

Physiotherapy, Master, Paediatrics, University of Queensland

External positions

Assistant Professor, College of Medicine and Health Sciences

3 Jan 2021 → …

Supervisor Master of Surgical Education, University of Melbourne

15 Mar 201715 Jun 2021

Research area keywords

  • Interprofessional Education
  • Collaboration
  • Paediatric Physiotherapy
  • Disability
  • Clinical Education
  • Rural Health
  • Comunity Health
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Simulation
  • Supervision
  • Integrated Practice
  • Surgical Education

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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